4 January 2016

Afghan troops fight gunmen near Indian Consulate in north

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The attacker killed only himself and harmed no one, said police spokesman Basir Mujahad.
Afghan troops rappelled from helicopters onto the roof of a four-story building near the Indian Consulate in a northern city on Monday to drive out gunmen who had attacked the diplomatic mission the night before, officials said.
The standoff in the northern province of Balkh began Sunday night when the attackers tried to storm the consulate and then retreated into the adjacent building.

Strong quake kills at least 8 in India's remote northeast

Indian soldiers remove debris from a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday.
A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 in India's remote northeast region early Monday.
The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Manipur state's home minister, G. Gaikhangam, said several areas suffered extensive damage, especially the capital, Imphal. He did not give details but told reporters the situation was still being assessed.

Insurer: 2015 saw lowest natural disaster losses in 6 years

Volunteers help residents clear debris from their damaged homes on Trishia Lane, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Glenn Heights, Texas. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.
Last year saw the lowest financial costs from natural disasters worldwide since 2009 as the El Nino weather phenomenon reduced hurricane activity in the North Atlantic, a leading insurer said Monday.
The year's most devastating disaster was the earthquake in Nepal in April, but only a fraction of the resulting losses was insured.

6.7 magnitude quake hits India's northeast, leaves 6 dead

Indian soldiers remove debris from a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least six people, injuring more than 100 others and causing damage to several buildings.
The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Three people were killed in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, and another three in other parts of the state, said police officer A.K. Jalajit.

6.7 magnitude quake hits India's northeast, leaves 4 dead

People work on the outer wall of a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least four people, injuring more than 100 others and causing damage to several buildings.
The death and injuries were caused by falling debris in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police said.